Proposal Would Increase Voice of Young People in Ag Issues

Cheyenne, WY – The director of the Wyoming Agriculture Department wants to give younger voices more power on the state Board of Agriculture. The board currently has a Youth Leadership Advisory Committee, made up of four people under age 30 who are in an ag-related field. Currently, though, they only serve in an advisory role. Agriculture Department Director John Etchepare wants them to be full voting members on the board. Etchepare says it's an effort to give the future of the state's agriculture industry a real voice. The Legislature would have to approve the change.